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The 1998 Miami Dolphins season was the team's 33rd as a member of the National Football League. The Dolphins improved upon their previous season's output of 9–7, winning ten games.[1] The team qualified for the playoffs for the second straight year. The Dolphins defeated the Buffalo Bills 24-17 in the Wild Card Game, but lost to the defending Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos 38-3 in the Divisional Playoff Game.

1998 Miami Dolphins season
Head coachJimmy Johnson
Home fieldPro Player Stadium
Results
Record10–6
Division place2nd AFC East
Playoff finishWon Wild Card Playoffs (Bills) 24–17
Lost Divisional Playoffs (Broncos) 3-38

The 2012 Football Outsiders Almanac states that the 1998 Dolphins had the single biggest defensive improvement (from the previous season) from 1991 to 2011.[2]

As with the 1985 Bears, the Dolphins defeated a team (the Broncos) widely tipped a few weeks earlier to beat their unbeaten 1972 season,[3][4] although this time the Dolphins were not defending their status as the only unbeaten team since the Giants had already beaten the Broncos. Because, before the admission of the Texans in 2002, scheduling for NFL games outside a team’s division was subject to much greater influence from table position during the previous season,[5] that game was the first time the Dolphins had opposed the Broncos since that same 1985 season.[6]

Contents

OffseasonEdit

NFL DraftEdit

1998 Miami Dolphins draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 29 John Avery  Running back Ole Miss
2 44 Patrick Surtain *  Cornerback Southern Miss
2 49 Kenny Mixon  Defensive end LSU
      Made roster    †   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

RosterEdit

1998 Miami Dolphins final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists



Practice squad



Rookies in italics
Active, Inactive, Practice squad

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result TV Time(ET) TV Announcers Attendance
1 September 6, 1998 at Indianapolis Colts W 24–15 CBS 4:15pm Ian Eagle & Mark May
60,587
2 September 13, 1998 Buffalo Bills W 13–7 CBS 1:00pm Ian Eagle & Mark May
73,097
3 September 20, 1998 Pittsburgh Steelers W 21–0 CBS 1:00pm Verne Lundquist & Randy Cross
73,948
4 Bye
5 October 4, 1998 at New York Jets L 9–20 CBS 1:00pm Greg Gumbel & Phil Simms
75,257
6 October 12, 1998 at Jacksonville Jaguars L 21–28 ABC 8:20pm Al Michaels, Dan Dierdorf & Boomer Esiason
74,051
7 October 18, 1998 St. Louis Rams W 14–0 FOX 4:15pm Sam Rosen & Jerry Glanville
65,418
8 October 25, 1998 New England Patriots W 12–9 CBS 1:00pm Verne Lundquist & Randy Cross
73,973
9 November 1, 1998 at Buffalo Bills L 24–30 CBS 1:00pm Kevin Harlan & Sam Wyche
79,011
10 November 8, 1998 Indianapolis Colts W 27–14 CBS 1:00pm Verne Lundquist & Randy Cross
73,400
11 November 15, 1998 at Carolina Panthers W 13–9 CBS 1:00pm Don Criqui & Beasley Reece
67,887
12 November 23, 1998 at New England Patriots L 23–26 ABC 8:20pm Al Michaels, Dan Dierdorf & Boomer Esiason
58,729
13 November 29, 1998 New Orleans Saints W 30–10 FOX 4:15pm Pat Summerall & John Madden
73,216
14 December 6, 1998 at Oakland Raiders W 27–17 CBS 4:15pm Ian Eagle & Mark May
61,254
15 December 13, 1998 New York Jets L 16–21 ESPN 8:15pm Mike Patrick, Joe Theismann & Paul Maguire
74,369
16 December 21, 1998 Denver Broncos W 31–21 ABC 8:20pm Al Michaels, Dan Dierdorf & Boomer Esiason
74,363
17 December 27, 1998 at Atlanta Falcons L 16–38 CBS 1:00pm Ian Eagle & Mark May
69,754

PlayoffsEdit

Week Date Opponent Result TV Time TV Announcers Attendance
Wild Card January 2, 1999 Buffalo Bills W 24–17 ABC 12:35pm Al Michaels, Dan Dierdorf & Boomer Esiason
72,698
Division January 9, 1999 at Denver Broncos L 38–3 CBS 4:15pm Greg Gumbel & Phil Simms
75,729

StandingsEdit

AFC East
W L T PCT PF PA STK
(2) New York Jets 12 4 0 .750 416 266 W6
(4) Miami Dolphins 10 6 0 .625 321 265 L1
(5) Buffalo Bills 10 6 0 .625 400 333 W1
(6) New England Patriots 9 7 0 .563 337 329 L1
Indianapolis Colts 3 13 0 .188 310 444 L2

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 1998 Miami Dolphins
  2. ^ Football Outsiders Almanac 2012 (ISBN 1478201525), p. 102
  3. ^ “Denver eyes 19–0, but there’s no rush” in Minneapolis Star Tribune, November 16, 1998
  4. ^ Freeman, Mike; “Chasing Perfection and Taking Questions; Voluble Broncos Are 13–0 and Ready to Talk” in The New York Times, December 9, 1998
  5. ^ History of the NFL’s Structure and Formats
  6. ^ Denver Broncos v Miami Dolphins